What I think, Rodale and other publishers don't realize is that if every author in their line or catalog had an author's page that would multiple the number of Amazon pages where their publishing company is featured by thousands of pages. That is very valuable real estate. A smart author wants to be associated with their publisher and will list who published their books in their author's bio as well as in blogs etc.
Here is a book where I had a photograph published and this book is now on my Amazon author's page, along with the publisher's information.
Smith, M. (1994). Backyard Fruits and Berries: Everything You Need to Know About Planting and Growing Fruits and Berries in Your Own Backyard. Emmaus, Pennsylvania, Rodale Press; 1st edition (December 1994) / Quarto Publishing Inc. / St. Martin's Press / Genesis Typesetting / Bright Arts Ptc. Ltd / Star Standard Industries Ltd.
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Quarto Publishing Staff: Editor: Barbara Haynes; Senior Editor: Kate Kirby; Editorial Director: Sophie Collins; Book Designer: Neville Graham; Book Designer: Karin Skanberg; Picture Researcher: Susannah Jayes; Cover Designer: Bruce Low; Cover Photographer: Chas Wilder; Interior Illustrator: Ann Savage; Interior Illustrator: Wayne Ford;
Rodale Press Staff: Executive Editor: Margaret Lydic Baltitas; Managing Editor: Barbara W Ellis; Editor: Ellen Phillips;
Unicorn Stock Photos Photographers: Betts Anderson, Kimberly Burnham, Brenda Matthiesen, Wayne Floyd, Marshall Prescott, Jim Shippee, Sue Vanderbilt, Martha McBride, Karen Holsinger Mullen.
Photography Credits: Key: a above, b below, c center, l left, r right
Heather Angel 116, 117; A-Z Botanical Collection 102, 123, 139; Rosalind Creasy 146; Derek Fell 2, 32, 41, lOS, 106,135,141,143; Peter McHoy 751 & r, 101; Photo/Nats, Inc. 129; Lynn Rogers/Hillstrom Stock Photo, Inc. 120; Harry Smith Horticultural Collection lOr, II, 12a&b, 13a&b, 24, 26, 27, 73, 74, 75c, 103, 107, 109, 110, 112, 114, 119, 121, 131, 132, 137,145, 148, 149, 151, 152, 153; Unicorn Stock Photos 104, (Betts Anderson) 18, (Kimberly Burnham) 23ar, (Wayne Floyd) 23br, (John L. Matthieson) 9, (Martha McBride) 14, 20, 67, 127, 134, (Karen Holsinger Mullen) 1I I, (Marshall Prescott) 23al, (Charles E. Schmidt) 142, (Jim Shippee) 21, (Sue Vanderbilt) 23br, 125, 126; Wildlife Matters 30,38,147. All other photography is copyright by Quarto.